Center for Female Reproductive Longevity and Equality at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging Company
The world’s first Center for Female Reproductive Longevity and Equality, established at the Buck Institute in July 2018. A $6 million gift from Nicole Shanahan provided seed money to address age-related female infertility. “While aging research is seeing unprecedented acceleration, the area of women’s reproductive longevity remains underappreciated or even ignored,” said Eric Verdin, MD, Buck Institute President and CEO. “Beyond reproduction, the end of fertility sets off a cascade of negative effects in women’s bodies. they want to intervene in that process. The goal of this new center is to develop strategies to prevent or delay ovarian aging.” The Buck is actively recruiting faculty and researchers for the new center. Buck Professor Judith Campisi, Ph.D., of the National Academy of Sciences, will lead the recruitment effort. She studies DNA repair as an aspect of cellular senescence, a cellular mechanism that causes aging-associated inflammation and tissue degradation, and the promotion of disease.